KIND-HEARTED Saddleworth youngsters have taken part in a major international initiative to eradicate polio and leave a picturesque reminder for the community, writes Ken Bennett.
Rotary International with Bill Gates Foundation are continuing to support the worldwide vaccination programmes, with only Pakistan and Afghanistan still reporting small numbers of cases.
As part of World Polio Day on October 24, Saddleworth Rotary Club and enthusiastic members of Dovestone Youth Rangers planted nearly 1,000 purple crocus bulbs at The Sound in Delph and earlier plantings at Diggle and Greenfield.
Dr Ian Brett, Saddleworth Rotary Club president, said: “Purple is the colour of paint applied to nails of the vaccinated children. It is hoped that in the very near future this worldwide initiative will be successful.
“Meantime, we are looking forward with anticipation of delightful colourful blooms at The Sound next March.”
World Polio Day was marked by illumination of public buildings including Oldham.
Contact Saddleworth Rotary Club for further information about this and other projects.
If you are interested in the community work involving Rotary visit their website: www.rotary-ribi.org